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canada1590

Scarborough
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Posted - 06/10/2012 :  22:35:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey,

I live in Scarborough and my husband applied for mine and my son's citizenship in December 2011. I am a house maker and I landed in Canada in May 2008 as a visitor and got my PR in July 2009 (half of the days I've spent as a visitor (1year / 2= 6 months) count towards my Canadian Citizenship days in Canada).

Just 2 weeks ago on June 1st 2012, I got a Residence Questionnaire and I haven't written my citizenship test yet and neither has my husband or my son (but they did not get Residence questionnaire). I sent my residence questionnaire on 8th June 2012. (note: since my arrival date in Canada, i have not visited any other countries.)

I have some questions regarding the Residence questionnaire:

1) Why was I the only one asked to fill out the Residency Questionnaire when my husband applied for citizenship at the same time as me?

2) Now that I have sent my RQ, how long will it usually take them to process and send me the date for the the citizenship test (considering all goes well)?

3) Instead of sending coloured copies of my passport pages, I sent black and white copies by mistake. Will this cause any problems?

4) My passport expired and I got a new passport in december 2011. Since it was all blank, I did not bother copying all the blank pages and photocopied only the "information page." Will this cause any problems?

5) All the stamps in my Passport AFTER the arrival date were in English but the ones before were in Arabic and other languages and i did not translate them. Will this cause any problems?

6) I see that most people get their RQ AFTER they write their citizenship tests. Why am I an exception?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Pls and thank you.

Moderator

Ontario
11816 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2012 :  16:44:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello,

Thanks for sharing your situation and questions with us.

Regarding your first question,
quote:
1) Why was I the only one asked to fill out the Residency Questionnaire when my husband applied for citizenship at the same time as me?


According to a CIC representative we spoke with, even in cases where someone has met the day requirement, CIC may still request that an RQ be completed because they require additional information or would like to confirm some information.

Regarding your second question,
quote:
2) Now that I have sent my RQ, how long will it usually take them to process and send me the date for the the citizenship test (considering all goes well)?


From what we have heard from some CIC representatives and some of our users of the forum, the RQ process can take up to a year from the date RQ submitted.

You can find some additional information in our previous Settlement.Org RQ - How long do these applications take? discussion thread.

Regarding your third question,

quote:
3) Instead of sending coloured copies of my passport pages, I sent black and white copies by mistake. Will this cause any problems?


According to a CIC representative we spoke with, you should send what was requested by CIC. If CIC specifically requested that they be colour copies, then colour copies should have been sent.

Regarding your fourth question,
quote:

4) My passport expired and I got a new passport in december 2011. Since it was all blank, I did not bother copying all the blank pages and photocopied only the "information page." Will this cause any problems?


You may want to contact the CIC representative to find out if they have any information regarding this.

Regarding your fifth question,
quote:

5) All the stamps in my Passport AFTER the arrival date were in English but the ones before were in Arabic and other languages and i did not translate them. Will this cause any problems?


Again, according to a CIC representative we spoke with, you should send what was requested by CIC. If CIC specifically requested that they be translated, then they should have been translated.

Regarding your sixth question,
quote:

6) I see that most people get their RQ AFTER they write their citizenship tests. Why am I an exception?


It is not possible for us to provide a definitive response to this question. You may want to contact the CIC representative to find out if they have any information regarding this.

We hope that others can provide some information or suggestions regarding your situaiton.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

=====
Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
Settlement.Org


missfed

Mississauga
1 Posts

Posted - 07/10/2012 :  12:40:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hope this helps, I have worked within immigration in the GTA for a while now and Residency Questionnaires are the number one issue we deal with.

quote:

1) Why was I the only one asked to fill out the Residency Questionnaire when my husband applied for citizenship at the same time as me?


- Most people do not understand what a residency questionnaire is to begin with. They are usually issued when there are discrepancies located within your passport and your travel history. Sometimes stamps are illegible, are not in English or French, or perhaps the dates on the stamps are incorrect or the information you provided was incorrect. Tiny mistakes set residency questionnaires into cue as they are used for pinpointing fraudulent applications. This does not mean you are in trouble, or that you are making an untrue application, it just means that one bad apple ruins the whole bunch, meaning innocent people get caught up in the web of finding fraudulent applications. This is a very common occurrence and I deal with them in my job every day.

quote:

2) Now that I have sent my RQ, how long will it usually take them to process and send me the date for the the citizenship test (considering all goes well)?


- The average residency questionnaire takes 36 to 48 months to process from the date they receive the RQ. You may get to do the test before that timeframe, but the RQ in all takes at least 36 months processing.

quote:

3) Instead of sending coloured copies of my passport pages, I sent black and white copies by mistake. Will this cause any problems?


Only if the copies were illegible. It could add to the reason they issued a RQ

quote:

4) My passport expired and I got a new passport in december 2011. Since it was all blank, I did not bother copying all the blank pages and photocopied only the "information page." Will this cause any problems?


-Usually they want all the pages even if they are blank. This may have added to their reasoning for issuing a residency questionnaire. Most of the time they recheck your passport when you do the test, they'll probably confirm it when the time comes.

quote:

5) All the stamps in my Passport AFTER the arrival date were in English but the ones before were in Arabic and other languages and i did not translate them. Will this cause any problems?


-Yes and no. Usually you have to translate the stamps. If you do not, they cannot read them, therefore they cannot verify information given and information on the passport, so it could initiate a RQ. Depends on the officer I suppose, as some may speak the language or ask for clarification.

quote:

6) I see that most people get their RQ AFTER they write their citizenship tests. Why am I an exception?


-Most likely it is because they couldn't read your stamps to begin with because they were in Arabic and in black and white. It is not uncommon for people to get the RQ before their test, so don't worry you are not in an uncommon circumstance.


Hopefully this helps you out. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local MP's office as they will deal with immigration issues such as yours on a daily basis.

Good Luck!
K


Moderator

Ontario
11816 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2012 :  15:54:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello K,

Thank you very much for sharing this very valuable information.

It is extremely helpful.

We have been receiving many questions related to the Residence Questionnaire.

We appreciate your valuable experience and input.

=====
Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
Settlement.Org


mli123

Vancouver
1 Posts

Posted - 07/19/2012 :  02:14:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

Hope this helps, I have worked within immigration in the GTA for a while now and Residency Questionnaires are the number one issue we deal with.

quote:

1) Why was I the only one asked to fill out the Residency Questionnaire when my husband applied for citizenship at the same time as me?


- Most people do not understand what a residency questionnaire is to begin with. They are usually issued when there are discrepancies located within your passport and your travel history. Sometimes stamps are illegible, are not in English or French, or perhaps the dates on the stamps are incorrect or the information you provided was incorrect. Tiny mistakes set residency questionnaires into cue as they are used for pinpointing fraudulent applications. This does not mean you are in trouble, or that you are making an untrue application, it just means that one bad apple ruins the whole bunch, meaning innocent people get caught up in the web of finding fraudulent applications. This is a very common occurrence and I deal with them in my job every day.

quote:

2) Now that I have sent my RQ, how long will it usually take them to process and send me the date for the the citizenship test (considering all goes well)?


- The average residency questionnaire takes 36 to 48 months to process from the date they receive the RQ. You may get to do the test before that timeframe, but the RQ in all takes at least 36 months processing.

quote:

3) Instead of sending coloured copies of my passport pages, I sent black and white copies by mistake. Will this cause any problems?


Only if the copies were illegible. It could add to the reason they issued a RQ

quote:

4) My passport expired and I got a new passport in december 2011. Since it was all blank, I did not bother copying all the blank pages and photocopied only the "information page." Will this cause any problems?


-Usually they want all the pages even if they are blank. This may have added to their reasoning for issuing a residency questionnaire. Most of the time they recheck your passport when you do the test, they'll probably confirm it when the time comes.

quote:

5) All the stamps in my Passport AFTER the arrival date were in English but the ones before were in Arabic and other languages and i did not translate them. Will this cause any problems?


-Yes and no. Usually you have to translate the stamps. If you do not, they cannot read them, therefore they cannot verify information given and information on the passport, so it could initiate a RQ. Depends on the officer I suppose, as some may speak the language or ask for clarification.

quote:

6) I see that most people get their RQ AFTER they write their citizenship tests. Why am I an exception?


-Most likely it is because they couldn't read your stamps to begin with because they were in Arabic and in black and white. It is not uncommon for people to get the RQ before their test, so don't worry you are not in an uncommon circumstance.


Hopefully this helps you out. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local MP's office as they will deal with immigration issues such as yours on a daily basis.

Good Luck!
K



Hi K, I don't have tenancy agreement or lease agreement, but I have credit card statements and auto insurance, if I don't submit tenancy agreement, will it seriously affect my RQ review? Thanks!


mdali

toronto
1 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2012 :  15:27:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HI missfed,

I will appreciate if you throw some light on my case.

Its 32 months since I applied for citizenship and so far did not receive test date yet. Today I was told that they have mailed residency questionnaire to me.

As per your comments, does it mean my processing will take 36 months from data i submit residency documents? Its already 3 years and adding 3 more years for residency means my citizenship processing will take 6 years to complete?

Thanks,
Ali.


Sergey

Toronto
1 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2012 :  05:28:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear Missfed!
I have a question you might know the answer to, as a person who worked for CIC. I will really appreciate if you share your knowledge.
I sponsored my wife and daughter some time ago to bring them to Canada. At the moment myself and my daughter are already Canadians (as she does not need to live in the country for 3 years), my wife has sent her application too is now waiting to hear from CIC. Everything looks fine except for one think I am a bit worried about.
At the time they entered the country three years ago my daughter did not have separate travel document and was interlined in my wife’s passport. After a while my wife had to exchange her passport and she did, at the same time my daughter was also issued a new passport. The old passport was taken away but my wife made the copy of her old passport, before she had submitted it for exchange. When I applied (being a Canadian already) for citizenship for my daughter I enclosed this copy with the application and I do not have it any more in my possession. My daughter has already got her citizenship and I am just worried about my wife: she does not have a copy of her old passport any more, which she could bring to the test.
The question is: does CIC still have that copy and can we ask CIC to send it back to us.


ssk0891

brampton
1 Posts

Posted - 04/10/2013 :  14:04:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
can anyone tell me how much is the processing time of RQ
i gave my citizenship test in Nov 2011
i got RQ in Nov 2011
still waiting for reply from CIC

ssk0891


Halloum

Mississauga
1 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2013 :  00:44:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try to order for a copy of your daughters physical citizenship file (ATIP request).
quote:

Dear Missfed!
I have a question you might know the answer to, as a person who worked for CIC. I will really appreciate if you share your knowledge.
I sponsored my wife and daughter some time ago to bring them to Canada. At the moment myself and my daughter are already Canadians (as she does not need to live in the country for 3 years), my wife has sent her application too is now waiting to hear from CIC. Everything looks fine except for one think I am a bit worried about.
At the time they entered the country three years ago my daughter did not have separate travel document and was interlined in my wife’s passport. After a while my wife had to exchange her passport and she did, at the same time my daughter was also issued a new passport. The old passport was taken away but my wife made the copy of her old passport, before she had submitted it for exchange. When I applied (being a Canadian already) for citizenship for my daughter I enclosed this copy with the application and I do not have it any more in my possession. My daughter has already got her citizenship and I am just worried about my wife: she does not have a copy of her old passport any more, which she could bring to the test.
The question is: does CIC still have that copy and can we ask CIC to send it back to us.




mbshahid1955

OTTAWA
22 Posts

Posted - 04/29/2013 :  17:45:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can any one give me the links for CIT0171(09-2012)E forms.

B.Shahid


Klaus

Lunenburg, ON
207 Posts

Posted - 04/30/2013 :  09:22:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The CIT 0171 form is not available on the CIC website. I'm not sure why they only hand it out upon request, but you may need to call them to get it.
If a low-quality (yet readable) scan is good enough, you may want to take a look at
https://rapidshare.com/files/3948603962/Pre-Test_RQ_Form_2012.pdf
Note that this is the (04-2012) version.


samirabdi

toronto
1 Posts

Posted - 05/18/2013 :  12:44:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recently received my residence questionnaire right after I took my citizenship test.

1) Why did I receive this questionnaire now ? I have been waiting close to 2 years to receive the appointment letter for the citizenship test and now this?.

2) The information requested is almost impossible to gather, Can I provide documents that prove my presence in Canada during the time required if I can't find all the documentation.

3) Can I translate some of the stamps on my passport myself?
This extra step after I thought I had provided all information required for the last 5 years of applying is really making it difficult. During my stay here I have been attending school, paying taxes and contributing to the community it's unfortunate that the process is making it harder for me to apply.

Thank you,


dePrince

North York
1 Posts

Posted - 07/18/2013 :  22:51:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all,

Thank you all for being so helpful on this forum.

I just received the RQ last week (July 9th 2013). I have resident in Canada since Dec 2005 and have only left 3 times for apps. 3 months worth of vacation (appx. 30 days per year).

I received my PR in July 2010, and applied for citizenship in October 2012 (I am using my time before the PR to accumulate the Canadian Citizenship days). I was very careful with the time calculations and accumulated 1100 days, after counting out the days I was away from the country.

My questions:

1 - I have lived in 6 different places in the 4 year period they have requested. I was mostly sharing accommodation with friends and they were paying the bills / utilities. The Lease was also in their names. This poses a serious concern as I paid them either through intra bank transfer (e-transfer) or paid them in cash. Is this a serious concern ? Should I send the sub lease agreements signed with my friends ? Can they write a letter saying that I indeed lived with them (duly signed by a notary public) ?

2 - I am concerned that a lot of the addresses I stayed in were not updated in a timely manner by me with the banks and the cell phone companies. I have requested both banking history and past cell phone bills. Will it be a concern if the addresses do not match ?

3 - I honestly forgot how long I lived at which places :) Is there a way I can find when I changed my addresses (maybe a drivers license abstract could help) ?

4 - I was employed in Canada for most of the 4 year period preceding my application and was without work for 7 months. Will those 7 months of unemployment affect my RQ ? I was living in Canada during those 7 months, but again I do not have rental / lease agreements and/or landline bills to prove it.

I thank you in advance for your kind help in the matter. As you all can imagine, I am quite anxious about this :)

Umar


Alhusain

Ajax
1 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2013 :  13:01:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Hey,The citizenship quesionaire is sent to people that they need to know more proof on, Its a random quesionare sent to many people. Sometimes its random and sometimes its not, Because some people leave the country to do something and back and they need to know why. But in your case its a random quesinare!!


The brand new passport that has no stamps on it must be photocopied because they need proof of what is in their or not because do not have a copy of it!!!

quote:

I live in Scarborough and my husband applied for mine and my son's citizenship in December 2011. I am a house maker and I landed in Canada in May 2008 as a visitor and got my PR in July 2009 (half of the days I've spent as a visitor (1year / 2= 6 months) count towards my Canadian Citizenship days in Canada).

Just 2 weeks ago on June 1st 2012, I got a Residence Questionnaire and I haven't written my citizenship test yet and neither has my husband or my son (but they did not get Residence questionnaire). I sent my residence questionnaire on 8th June 2012. (note: since my arrival date in Canada, i have not visited any other countries.)

I have some questions regarding the Residence questionnaire:

1) Why was I the only one asked to fill out the Residency Questionnaire when my husband applied for citizenship at the same time as me?

2) Now that I have sent my RQ, how long will it usually take them to process and send me the date for the the citizenship test (considering all goes well)?

3) Instead of sending coloured copies of my passport pages, I sent black and white copies by mistake. Will this cause any problems?

4) My passport expired and I got a new passport in december 2011. Since it was all blank, I did not bother copying all the blank pages and photocopied only the "information page." Will this cause any problems?

5) All the stamps in my Passport AFTER the arrival date were in English but the ones before were in Arabic and other languages and i did not translate them. Will this cause any problems?

6) I see that most people get their RQ AFTER they write their citizenship tests. Why am I an exception?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Pls and thank you.




AA


cubtoronto

toronto
6 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2014 :  06:48:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello to all of you ...

just want to ask one question... When you got your RQ, was is about the 4 year period before you applied your application?? OR was it about since you came to canada??? Please share

Thank you


FTMKH

Mississauga
1 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2014 :  17:30:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Husband got RQ as well. He applied Feb 2010, Took The Test in Feb 2011 and then he received the RQ and submitted the Document in March 2011. But Unfortunately until now he doesnt get any reply from CIC. it is already 37 months since his test.

Me and my kids applied in April 2011 and took the test in January 2012. They gave me questionnaire as well and submitted the requirements in Feb 2012 and until now i didnt receive any news from CIC.

Can I ask for your advises? Plz Help


   
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